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America's Least-Visited National Parks

 

created at: 2010/06/10

Here's an intriguing article from the LA Times. It's not new, having come out last October, but unless alien remains were discovered in one of these parks, I doubt there's been a surge that could shake up the inclusions much.

The article details the least-crowded parks in the United States. While the most-visited parks, a list that includes staples like Yellowstone, Yosemite and Grand Canyon, as well as a surprising leader: Grand Smoky National Park, are excellent destinations for outdoor lovers for obvious reasons, the least-visited parks bring something special: quiet and tranquility that remain unspoiled by group tours and automobile caravans. Isn't that what you want from the outdoors to begin with?

And just because these parks measure visits in the thousands rather than millions, don't think they skimp on intrigue or beauty. Among the list is every type of environment you could ask for: forest, ocean, tundra, desert and swamp with landscapes that include volcanoes, canyons, caves, sand dunes, fjords and glaciers.

I found Alaska's options particularly intriguing. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve (pictured) contains 16 of the highest peaks in the United States, rising up to 18,008 feet. And at Kenai Fjords National Park, you'll find some of the only fjords this side of the greater Scandinavia area.

Find your escape at one of these national parks this summer.



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